The officers involved in Jamal’s death were fired, but one state senator believes an excessive force bill is needed in the state.
Hate Crime legislation
House bill 3620 would create penalty enhancements for specific crimes committed against a victim based on their race, sex, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
A group of South Carolina lawmakers have added back protections for gay or transgender people to a hate crime bill five days after removing them.
A hate crimes bill in South Carolina no longer offers protection to gay or transgender people.
South Carolina is just one of three states without hate crime legislation, but a current house bill, if passed, would change that, and hold South Carolinians accountable for committing bias motivated crimes.
A roundtable gave some the chance to directly communicate with law enforcement and legislators
Several concerned community members made their voices heard with the goal of getting lawmakers to pass bills focused on hate crimes and gun control.